Ian wrote:I don't think I've ever voted for a Republican for president (I definitely didn't vote for Bush.. either time) but Ron Paul would probably get my vote this time around.
I once held a Republican philosophy. I say once, because I don't think it's that my values have changed --it's the Republican Party's. They've stopped espousing the principles of federalism, and instead gone for big government over states' rights. Their current views on a number of issues vary largely from what I believe. On the other hand, I have big issues with a number of Democratic Party philosphies as well.
I've come to the conclusion over the past ten years that both Democrats and Republicans are wolves --the only difference is the color of their sheep disguises. Both are at least partially owned by corporations, lobbyists, and others who represent views often not shared by voters. Both seem to degenerate into petty bickering that seems to be more about establishing a power base and keeping hold of it rather than actually holding personal views, or holding their constituents' views as sacrosanct. Both seem to pass myriads of tiny little laws that better serve special interests and make things confusing, rather than clarifying existing law, and enforcing laws already on the books. And both are more interested in a big, all-encompasssing government than in teaching people about exercising good judgement and responsibility on their own.
Those are the reasons that Ron Paul strikes a chord with me. I'm tired of politicians trying to hold our hands when they should tell us to quit whining, shut up, and exercise some responsibility on our own. I want to be told the truth, rather than being spoon fed some candy-coated B.S., even if the truth isn't always pretty. I want to know a candidate's personal beliefs, not what their party tells them to think, even if I don't always agree with them. And, I want their decisions to be guided by what they believe is right, and what they believe their constituents want, not what their party, corporations, lobbyists, PACs, or special interest groups think they should do. I think Ron Paul has the capability to do that, if only enough people stand up and tell the rest of the Republican party to sit down, shut up, and listen to the voters for awhile. In this case, donations are the most likely thing to do that. Hopefully I can give some more down the road in time to make it relevant, and hopefully, enough people see this as important enough to think about, rather than to blindly support a majority candidate.
Ron Paul's donations were a staggering (and unexpected) five million this past quarter, mostly from average Janes and Joes. Hopefully, that continues, because I'm sure it got his party's attention.